I know that others have more going on than I do these days, but the next four weeks are going to be a hectic ones for me.

By and large Friday’s home repair work went well. Hank and I replaced a bathroom vanity and sink, and had to deal with some testy issues created by 67 year old plumbing and Atlanta’s “clean” water. I now wish the ITP Estate was equipped with a whole house water filter. There are still some minor issues with the outgoing side, but I am continuing to debug and monitor the situation.

With the exception of numerous bodily aches and pains, some unfortunately new ones in addition to those which have plagued me for a while, it was a good weekend.

The Bundesliga season has come to a close. Shockingly Bayern Munich’s ten-year reign as champion has ended (they finished in third), and Werder Bremen avoided relegation. I am going to try to attend a Bundesliga match after the Belgium bike ride week later this year.

Wordle: four, my starter was PLAIN
Connections: three mistakes, Blue > Green > X > X > X > Yellow > Purple

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35 Responses to 2024-05-20

  1. Steve says:

    Wordle in 4. Yesterday, my short streak of 10 ended. BTW, BITCH is a valid guess – AMHIK!

    Friday after work, we met the new Stone Mountain event manager that will handle the Games. He’s never been to one, so it will be a baptism by fire. Our old rep, Chris was also there and will help in the transition. Chris said we were the most organized and self sufficient group they have.

    Saturday was plumbing (or at least planning) for the man cave washer. Unfortunately, as far as I can tell, Electrolux uses “non-standard” fittings- at least not standard in the US. Fine anywhere else in the world…

    Sunday was Ella’s HS graduation. We had lunch at Seasons 52 (an outparcel at Perimeter) which was quite good. We took Meg’s dad back to his assisted living apartment (quite a nice place) then rolled on to the Gwinnett Arena. The graduating class was 800!! EIGHT HUNDRED! The principal congratulated the class in7 different languages- holy crap. Fortunately, Ella’s last name starts with a C, so we were out the door at a reasonable hour.


    • Barb says:

      I’m so not paying attention – I did Wordle twice on 2 different devices – and failed once & got it in 6 the 2nd time

  2. Barb says:

    greetings from Iowa.
    Nothing much happened at the hospital all weekend – we figure Mom has to go to a skilled nursing facility eventually – but need to wait for doctors and therapists to all examine & discuss – which of course takes a while. Maybe today we will have some idea of when she can be moved. Tom thinks he knows where we want her to go, hopefully they have space, take their insurance, etc. Then we need to figure out what to do with Dad, as he can’t be left alone for too long, does that place have Memory Care & space? Tom can’t be in 2 places at once. I’m here until 5/30 – and of course I can come back, but I really don’t want to live here. πŸ˜‰

  3. Barb says:

    Wordle in 3, Connections Blue Yellow – then thought I had green, but I guess I clicked wrong, & then didn’t try the correct one again (I swear I had guessed those 4) So FAIL

  4. Done puttering in WLF because, believe it or not, I have no projects to complete as of now. This morning I cleared out a raised bed which had plants beyond their lifespan, spread new home-created mulch on the bed, and transplanted some more pepper plants into slightly larger pots.

    One reason I’ve put on weight in the past two years is because I allow myself to snack. Trying to curb that desire today, and wit until lunch to eat again.

  5. And it continues to confuse, and disturb me how parts of my body can start hurting for no reason at all. Seriously, this new pain, which I won’t describe here, is in a part of my body that shouldn’t hurt and did not receive any trauma recently.

  6. Stacy Fox says:

    Does Lurker still lurk? If so, hi Lurker!
    Apparently we were at the same happy hour on Friday and I didn’t even realize it until Barb pointed it out. πŸ™‚

    • Lurker has left the building.

    • Steve says:

      Speaking of lurking! I did see him in the picture MC posts in the FB group.

      • I assume he’ll be getting a hash name anytime soon now… :O

      • Stacy Fox says:

        I’m in the way back corner being obnoxious and waving Hi. πŸ™‚

        I didn’t even recognize Lurker. But then again, I think we only met that once when we all lunched together on Broad. Wow. That seems like a lifetime ago.

        • David says:

          That lunch was absolutely a lifetime ago. Sheesh. My social anxiety was flaring hard that day on Broad Street. I wore the shirt that I had on Friday night purposefully, because I wanted to really set a demarcation point between the old me and the new me. And that’s really too funny about the happy hour, and I really did think about going up to you and saying “are you Stacy?” but I just wasn’t sure, and plus you were pretty embedded in the corner with Sani. πŸ™‚

    • David says:

      OMFG, I thought that was you, Stacy! It was a long table, and because of my ADHD brain I have a hard time placing faces when I run across people out of context. But over the evening I absolutely thought “goddamn, that hasher sure looks like Stacy!” πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

      It’s serendipitious that I dropped into the blog today anyway to make a guest appearance, which I will probably still do from time to time. I wanted to publicly announce that I’m in a new relationship with Debbie Does Digits. Neither of us were looking for anyone, but our energy was palpable at Glory Mole’s 50th birthday party/hash happy hour. Recently a drunk guy sat down next to us at 1:00 AM at a bar, glanced over and said “Karma. Kismet. When you know, you know.” Yes, indeed.

      I have truly transcended my past traumas that led me to my years of Lurker status. I didn’t know that it was possible to meet someone that could be an exact match on every level. And it’s goddamn amazing, because I have healed as much of myself as I can on my own but there is so much more that I need to work on. That work can only be accomplished with the help of an absolutely trusted partner, along with continued therapy.

      And hey Paulie, it is possible to meet a woman that doesn’t have tattoos. That’s not a ruleout for me, but I also really like it that she goesn’t. And you’re right, I am playing on a very slippery slope, so a hash name is very likely on my horizon. I’m drawing the line at the Black Sheep hash, but I’m not averse to going on a weeknight hash. And definitely the happy hours.

      What a long strange trip it’s been. I knew that there was someone out there for me, and I knew that I’d meet her when the time was right. I do want to thank all ITP readers/writers for your unending support. Y’all all helped me get to this amazing place.

      Stacy, I’m not even remotely the person that you and Steve had lunch with several years ago, so that’s why you couldn’t place me. I look forward to seeing you at a future happy hour! πŸ™‚

      • Sure, make a liar out of me! πŸ™‚

        • David says:

          Oh, for making a guest appearance? Isn’t that a mandatory part of being an ITP alumni! πŸ˜‰

      • Stacy Fox says:

        Yay!! Can I still call you Lurker though? heehehee I mean, we Old School kids should still be able to call you that. πŸ™‚ But I’m glad to just call you David too… until you get a hash name? *grin*
        Well I will definitely look forward to seeing you again then. I don’t make happy hour very often (I get off work at 4 so meeting at 7 tends to be a little “late” for me) …. but that was a mile from my house so I had no excuse. And I had such a good time. Maybe I’ll even see you at a hash? *gasp*

      • Stacy Fox says:

        Yay Hi David!!! Can I still call you Lurker though? I think all we old school cool kids should be allowed to. πŸ˜‰ heehee Well, I’m just tickled for you and Debbie both and will look forward to maybe running into you again!

        (p.s. I already tried leaving this comment like 3x and not seeing it posted so that shows how often I’m here too….doh! I forget how to even post here?! Or, more likely, I’m just getting old.)

        • David says:

          Yes, you and everyone may absolutely always call me Lurker. I have no problem with that. There was definitely a time when I would have, which speaks to my 20+ years of hash adjacency. I was adjacent to the hash several years before running across this blog.

          Separately, Paulie likes to test our dedication to commenting by having a capricous web server that decides from moment to moment which comments are suitable for public consumption, and which should be thrown away forever. πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

  7. Today’s new WLF friend. I didn’t have the heart to remove its hideout from the raised bed I was clearing.

    Do You Ever Feel As If You Are Being Watched?

  8. Barb says:

    all this discussion to read thru!
    Hi Stacy!

    it rained like hell last night – I’m glad I got the grass cut yesterday. My shoes are probably permanently green – on well. I think I will leave them here, that way I don’t need to bring walking/running (hahaha, like I ever run) shoes with me.
    Still haven’t turned on the AC – I really don’t want to hear my dad complain about freezing. Today will be better than yesterday temperature wise

    • Stacy Fox says:

      **waves back at Barb** Hi Barb! πŸ™‚ You’ve been on my mind a lot. Sending all kinds of good energies up your way.

  9. Two new tires on my road bike. I think I successfully put them on without compromising the tubes. I’ll check tire pressure tomorrow morning, and give them a road test tomorrow afternoon.

    • Barb says:

      Allan has plenty of pre-BRAG checkups going on – if you think you need his help – text him. do you have his#?

      Sal’s part is supposed to be delivering today, Minnie Brew’s bike (not sure if she’s even doing BRAG) is being worked on, not sure who else is in the queue.

  10. Bob says:

    After Saturday’s 50 mile ride I feel awesome! Knee pain is totally manageable so my attitude towards BRAG and RAGBRAI has turned positive. I’ll have to ride myself in to shape but I can totally handle muscle soreness, easy peasy.
    Took on a huge neighborhood project refinishing the tennis court seating and viewing area. It is 800 square feet of surface to cover and we are putting down that deck restore paint that is super thick. I didn’t realize you had to special order that stuff AND use special rollers too. Lots of scrambling around to get all the supplies in order. We primed the surface yesterday and are painting tonight. I’ll be glad when this is over.

    • Glad your ride went well, Bob.

      The only reason I know those things is because I happened to be walking by Brownwood Park the other day when they were in the process of repainting the tennis courts. Hope yours aren’t going to be pink and purple, the hideous colors chosen for Brownwood Park.

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